The benefits of SE Linux

Today I discovered a bug in one of my programs, it called system() and didn’t correctly escape shell eta-characters. Fortunately I had written custom SE Linux policy for it which did domain_auto_trans(foo_t, shell_exec_t, very_restricted_t) so there was no possibility of damage.

The log files (which were not writable by the daemon by both SE Linux access control and Unix permissions) indicated that no-one had attempted to exploit the bug.

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